Kimberly Cook ’18

“Earning my nursing degree has been a longtime dream of mine. I tried another strictly online BSN program, but felt that I needed a more hands-on experience. Elms College affords me the opportunity to attend class one night a week and participate online for assignments and reflections. The program has been challenging but very rewarding and positive.”

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs in Psychology

The Elms College bachelor’s degree completion programs offered at Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) in psychology meet all general requirements of Elms College. You enter this program with the required associate’s degree (and at least 60 credits), satisfy Elms’ core requirements, and complete the requirements of your specific degree program.

Classes are held at the Gardner campus of MWCC and are taught by Elms faculty. When you finish the program you will be awarded an Elms College bachelor of arts degree (psychology).

The bachelor’s degree program requires 120 credits. You can transfer in a maximum of 78 credits from regionally accredited colleges. A minimum of 42 credits must be earned through Elms College.

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Unlock the mysteries of the human mind with a degree in psychology. Understanding why people think and act in certain ways prepares you to work in human and social services, schools, criminal justice facilities, and more.

  • Earn your degree in 20 months
  • Classes are currently held Thursdays 4-8 p.m. on the MWCC campus
  • Classes taught be Elms faculty
  • Financial aid available

Having a degree in psychology is lucrative in a number of fields:

  • Social workers working in mental health and substance abuse centers earn a median salary of $43,250 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • Entry level case managers can earn an average salary of $41,536 per year, according to ZipRecruiter.
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists can earn a median salary of $51,410 per year, according to BLS.

By accelerating your studies over 20 months, you can save thousands of dollars while completing your degree. All you need to do is:

  • Enter the psychology program with the required associate’s degree (and at least 60 credits)
  • Satisfy the Elms College core requirements
  • Complete the requirements of the psychology program


Click to view course requirements for the Psychology (B.A.).

Session 1 – Fall 1

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 3205Personality Theory3
PHI 2408Healthcare Ethics (online)3

Session 2 – Fall 2

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 2002Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences3
SOC 3202Social Life through Films (online)3

Session 3 – Spring 1

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 2100Research Methods (hybrid)3
PSY 2005Writing in Psychology (hybrid)3

Session 4 – Spring 2

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 2400Stress and Coping3
SOC 2009Social Deviance (online)3

Session 5 – Summer 1

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 3103Psychology of Behavioral Management3
REL 4400Addition and Recovery (online)3

Session 6 – Summer 2

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 3007Psychological Testing3
SOC 2101Child Abuse and Neglect (online)3

Session 7 – Fall 1

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 3004Forensic Psychology3
PSY 3002History and Systems (online)3

Session 8 – Fall 2

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 3009Social Psychology3
HIS 1005US History I (online)3

Session 9 – Spring 1

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 3008Cognitive Psychology3
ART 2105Art History II (online)3

Session 10 – Spring 2

Course #Course NameCredits
PSY 4001Psychology Seminar (Capstone)3
PSY 3006Educational Psychology3